by Dave Chalk
(Mt. Pleasant, WI)
Taz was a wonderful cat for 14 1/2 years. She passed away recently. She was a runt in a litter. She was amazing. All I or my wife would have to say is, "I am going to bed" and she would would go to our bedroom door.
I would ask her if she wanted to go to her room, she would walk to our bedroom or to a spare bedroom during the day to rest.
Any question asked of her was answered with a meow. She would walk up the driveway talking to herself or walk through the house chatting away.
She knew the front door from the back door by command. If I came to bed after she had gone to bed, I would lay down, she would start talking until I put my arm out for her to curl up in. I miss her.
If someone could give me a reasonable estimate of her mixed breed, I would appreciate it.
Hi Dave... thanks for sharing. You had a special cat and intelligent cat. Although all cats are special to regular visitors to PoC.
Taz is a handsome long haired cat with a ruff. She looks quite stocky and solid. The cat breed she reminds me of is the Siberian or Norwegian Forest Cat. Maine Coons are longer.
If she is a purebred mix it is likely to be one of the above breeds.
Both the Norwegian Forest Cat (NFC) and Siberian are ranked as the more intelligent cat breeds (8 stars) - see cat intelligence. On the basis that the NFC is more commonplace than the Siberian I would say that your cat was a Norwegian Forest Cat mix.
Take care and good luck.
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